Tasty Dinner Recipes | Meal Plan Menu (9/13/21)

This week we’re traveling around the world for tasty dinner recipes you can make on a busy weeknight. We’ll share a recipe for turkey Sloppy Joes, a callaloo recipe using collards and okra, our favorite Szechuan pork stir-fry recipe, and a weeknight-friendly Chicken Milanese recipe with a salad.

  • By Leila Kalmbach
  • September 10, 2021


Slow Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes with Parmesan Zucchini Spears

Sloppy Joes are nostalgic comfort food, and this version, cooked in the slow cooker with a savory homemade sauce, is quick and easy to make as well. No slow cooker, or don’t have time to start the meal several hours ahead? No problem! We’ll give you stovetop directions as well. For a lighter meal, we use ground turkey in this dinner, which you’ll precook with onions, garlic, and bell peppers for best flavor before slow cooking. You’ll serve your Turkey Sloppy Joes on hamburger buns and pair them with a side of roasted zucchini spears tossed in Italian seasoning and parmesan cheese. 

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Reduce food waste by using grated parmesan on the zucchini spears today, and use up more of what you bought for Thursday’s Chicken Milanese
  • Save time on Monday night by making the filling for the turkey sloppy joes ahead of time and reheating to serve. 
  • Sloppy Joe filling and hamburger buns freeze well, so bulk up on both to enjoy for a rainy day.

Diet Variation:

  • For the gluten-free version of this meal, you’ll use gluten-free hamburger buns but keep everything else the same. 
  • The paleo version serves the turkey sloppy joes in zucchini boats instead of on buns, and pairs the meal with a mixed greens salad with pepitas. It also makes a few ingredient swaps for a fully paleo-friendly meal.
  • Swap out the turkey for lentils in the vegetarian version of this meal. 


Trinidadian Callaloo with Collards and Okra

Callaloo is a delicious Caribbean vegetable dish made with an indigenous leaf not readily available in the U.S. That’s why many American versions sub other types of greens — in our version, we use collard greens as well as okra to approximate the flavor. Other flavors in this dish include onions, garlic, soy sauce, lime juice, and thyme, as well as coconut milk for a creamy consistency and chopped jalapeño for spice. We also have you use butternut squash for an extra serving of veggies, not to mention a sweet counterbalance of flavor. Serve this unique stew over rice and crumble plantain chips on top — or use them to scoop up the stew!

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Make a double batch of rice (or cauliflower rice, if cooking the paleo version) today to save a step when making Wednesday’s pork stir-fry recipe. 
  • Collard greens can take a while to cook, depending on their age, thickness, and your personal preference. For a quicker-cooking substitute, choose kale or chard.
  • Callaloo can be made in advance and reheated to serve.
  • Leftover callaloo can be stirred into a stew or simple curry to add greens.

Diet Variation:

  • Use tamari instead of soy sauce in the gluten-free version of this meal. 
  • Make cauliflower rice and use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce in the paleo version. 
  • No changes are needed for a vegetarian meal.

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Szechuan Pork Stir-Fry with Snow Peas, Carrots, and Rice

This fast, colorful pork stir-fry is perfect for a busy weeknight when you still want to eat well and feel great. A flavorful stir-fry sauce — including fresh ginger, garlic, stock, soy sauce, sesame oil, and chili garlic sauce — coats carrots, snow peas, ground pork, and rice for a better-than-takeout meal. A touch of lime juice and a handful of cilantro add a tasty oomph! to really finish the dish.

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • This stir-fry can be made in advance and reheated to serve.
  • Leftover cooked rice and pork stir-fry freeze well, so download our ‘All-in-One Freezer Guide’ for more freezing tips.

Diet Variation:

  • Use tamari instead of soy sauce for a gluten-free meal. 
  • Make cauliflower rice for the paleo version, and make a few easy swaps to the sauce.
  • Use cubed tofu instead of pork in the vegetarian version. 


Shortcut Chicken Milanese with Arugula and Tomato Salad

Chicken Milanese on a weeknight? It’s not only possible but easy with this shortcut version! Instead of breading and shallow-frying the chicken, you’ll bake it in the oven with high heat for a deliciously golden, crisp result. The breading includes some of our favorite flavors: butter, lemon zest, and grated parmesan cheese. We love the rich flavors of this dish paired with bright, summery arugula and cherry tomatoes, which you’ll serve in a simple olive oil and lemon dressing, with a salty pop of kalamata olives. 

Meal Planning Smarts:

  • Leftover chicken (cooked or raw) freezes well, so buy in bulk at a discount and store some in your freezer.
  • Slice leftover cooked Chicken Milanese, place on hoagie rolls, top with store-bought marinara, and sprinkle with extra parmesan to make Italian-style hoagie melts. 

Diet Variation:

  • Use almond meal instead of panko in the breading for the gluten-free version of this meal. 
  • The paleo version also uses almond meal breading, and skips the parmesan cheese. Be sure to buy paleo-friendly mayonnaise if you’re making this version of the meal!
  • Give portobello mushrooms the Milanese treatment in the vegetarian version of the meal, adding a few extra ingredients (such as Dijon mustard and soy sauce) to up the flavor.

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